It’s hard to believe we have all been subjected to this pandemic for nearly two years! Each and every one of us has faced lockdowns and self-isolation, and leamed how to work at home. This is not easy for an art gallery which depends on events in the gallery and art fairs to show our inventory and meet people face to face. Of course we continue to produce catalogues and have done some excellent online presentations. There are advantages to online catalogues, which can include more detailed information and video and other interactive elements.
The first live fair since the curtailed TEFAF Maastricht show in March 2020 was in October 2021 at Frieze Masters in Regents Park. We launched the long awaited Henry Moore show at the fair and then transferred it to the gallery. This project had been a long time in the planning and proved to be very successful.
This was followed in the gallery by Sybil and Cyril: Cutting Through Time, an exhibition that launched Jenny Uglow’s wonderful new biography on the life and work of Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power, two of the leading artists at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art through the 1930s. This exhibition too was very successful with a large number of visitors and sales. Our last exhibition of 2021 was another book launch and show of the work of Tim Flach, described by the famous writer, zoologist and Surrealist artist Desmond Morris as ‘The Most Beautiful Bird book ever made – by a mile. Tim Flach is a photographic genius’ – the exhibition was again a huge success.
Our plans for 2022 rather depend on how the pandemic unfolds. We had expected to be at Islington for the London Art Fair in January. This is now postponed to April 20th, in the circumstances a wise move by the organisers. However much of the work we had selected for the fair will be on show in the gallery and is included in this virtual catalogue. Highlights include new work by John Blackburn who will celebrate his 90th birthday in June. Brendan Stuart Burns’ career continues to flourish with successful gallery representation in New Zealand and most recently in California. Sean Henry’s sculpture continues to find new collectors and new work by Melanie Comber is also included.
This year we have two new additions to our roster of artists; John Bartlett will be exhibiting with us for the first time. His paintings oscillate between representation and abstraction as he explores ways in which to convey a layered sense of time past in half- remembered, half-forgotten places we can all identify with. Keith Grant (born 1930) is also new to us and will be showing recent powerful landscapes created at his studio in Norway.
We will show a selection of each artist’s work at the gallery together with some new acquisitions from our Modern British collection, also featured in this catalogue.